When her sister Sharla calls to say that she might be seriously ill, Ginny Young feels her world starting to shift. Considering her situation, Sharla wants Ginny to accompany her on a visit to their estranged mother. It has been 35 years since the fateful summer which destroyed their family.

The trouble began when their flamboyant new neighbor Jasmine Johnson moved in. Before the girls could comprehend what was happening, their mother seemed to change before their eyes. As young teenagers, Ginny and Sharla were vastly unprepared for the emotional trauma which awaited them.

Has the time finally arrived to reveal the secrets from the past and learn to forgive? The trauma and loneliness of mother/daughter estrangement is delicately explored in Elizabeth Berg's new contemporary novel. (May, 272pp., $23.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith